The genus Ochromela was instituted by Blyth for the reception of a Flycatcher which is remarkable alike for its coloration and its habits.
In Ochromela the sexes are slightly dissimilar, but both preserve the characteristic black and orange plumage. The bill is blunt and thick, and the rictal bristles are not only very numerous but very long. The wing is blunt, with the first primary longer than half the length of the second, and the tail is considerably rounded.
In habits this species approaches Pratincola, descending to the ground for an instant to capture its prey, and it differs from all other Flycatchers in constructing a large globular nest. It is described by Jerdon as frequenting dense woods.